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Comment Re:clarification (Score 1) 208

It is widely known that the USSR invaded Czechoslovakia because they wanted to keep it under their influence. My sentence was meant as a parody of the Soviet propaganda, which justified violations of the sovereignty of the countries of the Eastern block with the alleged threat of a fascist invader from the West. The Berlin wall, for instance, was called something like "anti-fascist protection barrier" from their side.

Comment Re:clarification (Score 2) 208

I didn't say that the methods were the same, I said that the intentions were. Of course living under the protection of the USA was far better than living under the protection of the USSR. But this doesn't change the fact that altruism was the last thought in the mind of political leaders when they partitioned Europe after WW2. As for the feelings of the common people, the average person from the streets of Russia will genuinely think that their troops have to be deployed abroad in order to altruistically defend other countries from fascist aggressions, in the same way as Americans might genuinely think that Europe is made up of lazy people who need to be altruistically defended by US forces which, as a result, have the right not to clean any mess they make in the process.

And let's be honest, the US never spent less on welfare because they needed the money to patrol Greenland. They have done so because welfare programs aren't high on the list of priorities of the American electorate.

Comment Re:Developers of the standard hope.... (Score 2) 135

Not only the device will have to support multiplexing, DRM, power management, protocol negotiation, DRM, compression, encryption, DRM, delivery of power to the external amplyfiers, DRM... it will also have to still support the analog audio option. So the "less power hungry" claim is bullshit.

I'll concede that the "slimmer" claim is realistic, given that two connectors take less space than one. But in a time when phones are getting larger and larger, I don't think this is going to solve anyone's problem.

The claim that devices will be "smarter", instead, can be scary. USB devices can be flaky at times because of the complexity of the protocol. On top on that, I've had some mixed experiences with USB-audio class devices in particular. And if the analog audio option of this new connector isn't mandatory, we'll end up buying earphones that sometimes work, sometimes don't, depending on an invisible capability of the device. Not to mention that application software can prevent the use of the analog outputs for DRM reasons, as it happens today for the video outputs.

Comment Re:How about.... (Score 2) 232

No population of today has much to do with the same population of the 5th century BC, anywhere, but especially so in an area, ranging from Turkey to India, where many country borders were pretty much drawn by colonial forces as recently as some decades ago. Therefore I think that using the narration of ancient history, either accurate or conveniently spun, to deny legitimation for a whole modern population, is silly. This holds true for both the Israeli and the Palestinians. There are two communities living there, today, and I suspect that most of them barely know who their grandparents are, let alone care about where their ancestors were living before Christ, and just want to live a peaceful life in the place where they were born; unfortunately I'm the least qualified person on Earth to suggest them a way to reach this goal.

Comment Re:How about.... (Score 3, Informative) 232

To be fair, the term "Palestine" was already in use back in the ancient Egypt, it wasn't invented by the Romans. Also, the Romans never ethnically cleansed the region of the whole Jewish population: they banned them from residing in Jerusalem (which happened, to put things into context, after the Jews lost multiple wars, that themselves started, and that resulted in the killing of hundreds of thousands of Greek and Roman people living in the region). In fact, many Jews already lived outside of Judaea before the Bar Kochba revolt, and many continued living inside of Judaea after.

(I'm not saying this to deny the facts that the Jews have a history of continued persecution and that the state of Israel has a right to exist and to defend itself.)

Comment Re:What Authority ... (Score 1) 564

Define 'assistance for corporations'.

Having Apple pay a tax rate of 0.005%, and others pay a tax rate of 12.5%; check out the document from the EC.

As long as Ireland applies their rules and rates uniformly

They don't, that's the point.

Is a country that charges less than Belgium's 34% corporate tax rate 'assisting' corporations? Because that would be a race to the bottom: Allowing the sloppiest and most inefficient governments to dictate tax and fiscal policy to the rest of the EU.

That would be very wrong, and unsurprisingly it's not the case.

Ireland doesn't want the money.

Then they may accept a 0.005% tax rate from all the other companies. And probably go bankrupt. Until they do, the difference between what they effectively ask from Apple and what they need to ask from everyone else in order to provide for the needs of their citizens is a measure of the unjust sacrifice that they impose on the rest of the EU members.

Perhaps they want to live within their means and not hve piles of cash sitting around as a magnet for the continent's deadbeats. Its their choice and I believe they have a right to make it.

Ireland is receiving more money from the EU than they give, each year. Portraying them as the source and the rest of the EU as the sink is a complete overturn of reality.

Comment Re:Removable storage that never gets removed (Score 4, Insightful) 221

I see people complain about this in regards to certain smartphones (looking at you Apple) but I think Apple and you are correct that in 99% of the cases the removable storage adds complexity and cost for a feature that never gets used.

In the case of the iPhone 6S, Apple want from you 749 $ for the 16 GB version and 849 $ for the 64 GB version. Therefore they charge you approximately 2.08 $ per GB. You can buy a cheap UHS class1, 64 GB microSD from Samsung for 21 $ (0.32 $ per GB) or a faster UHS class 3 one from SanDisk for 40 $ (0.63 $ per GB). Moreover, the replaceability of a microSD card means that you don't have to shell more money up front for a bigger device, and you can spend them later if and when the need arises.

So not putting a card slot isn't something that Apple do to reduce the costs for the consumers, they do it to rape their wallets.

Comment Re:Don't Panic (Score 1) 535

It's more complicated than that. Since apparenty the Northern nations weren't happy to pay for Mrs Thatcher's reimbursement, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark obtained a special exemption, and they pay less for the British rebate. That's why it's up to France, Italy and Spain to pay up.

Comment Re:Don't Panic (Score 4, Insightful) 535

Exactly, the EU zone has only been beneficial to business

Yes, an open market is the best possible condition for creating jobs. That's what anyone with a basic competence in economy says, so there must be some truth in it.

and the Soviet Bloc countries (business moving there for cheap labor and eventually even further east was the whole objective for the forming of the EU). Before the EU and even now, similar business-friendly arrangements have been made amongst European and even Asian countries without any EU government involvement.

So the EU is evil, but also the EU doesn't matter, because rich people will move their businesses to China anyway?

The EU and later on the Euro destroyed the sovereignty of individual nations (now only nations by name only for traditions' sake),

People elect both their local governments and the European parliament. Their local governments nominate the European government and it also has to be approved by the European parliament. And that government has very limited powers to begin with. The EU didn't destroy our sovereignty any more than the administrator of a condominium destroys the flat owners' ownership.

Of course, if member states send into the EU institutions their worst politicians who failed at home, it's a problem. But hardly a fault of the EU.

the Brits were at least smart enough to maintain some of their distance when the Euro came along.

The Brits have, among other things, a religious leader as unelected, unreplaceable Head of State and Lord Spirituals sitting alongside elected members of the Parliament. To each his own.

The EU socialized the losses of its members on a continental scale (Greece etc) while the affluent Western Europe had their middle class evaporate to pay for it and many of those countries (Netherlands, Belgium and France) will soon follow the UK.

The EU budget accounts for 1% of the total taxes paid by European citizens, how can one see its wealth evaporate because of a fluctuation of up to 1% in his expenses? It's globalization what hit the middle class; it has allowed us to pay less for iPhones without automatically giving us back a way to pay for food and housing. But I can hardly see how being a smaller country in the global maket can help fight that.

Plus, this whole "the North paying for the South" subtly racist propaganda is toxic. Britain was the poorest among the big nations when it joined the EEC. Currently, it is France, Italy and Spain who pay for the British rebate and not the other way around.

Comment Re: Rationale aside... (Score 1) 1592

The UK never was in the club really. The joined half-heartedly late in the process, and ever since they never stopped whining about how badly they wanted to leave (as if anybody had forced them to apply for admittance in the first place). Clarity about their true feelings towards the EU was long overdue and finally it has been made. No form of government can exist without the trust of its own people.

Comment Vote for Trump! (Score 4, Interesting) 751

Pretty please! Im Italian and I've spent the last 20 years getting lectured and laughed at because Berlusconi. Now you're on the brink of electing a person so special and unique that Berlusconi is Mother Teresa in comparison. I'll be lighting a candle if you do. Sincerely yours.

Comment Re:You cucks should be deporting millions (Score 1, Interesting) 751

If you had ever read a book on European history, you'd know that Europe ("the West" is a post-WW2 concept) has been at war for thousands of years with itself, often because different portions of the same people couldn't agree on which variety of Christianity was the right one.

And people are no longer making babies because of the shitty socio-economic system that deprives them of the time, resources and willingness to procreate. Fortunately, there's immigrants who are providing fresh manpower to wipe the European's arses when they get old and discover that their iPad retina pros have no app for that.

The last time European nation-states (another relatively recent notion) started raising barbed wire around their borders and brainwashing their citizens about how better and unique and ancient and God-chosen their own culture was, the final results were some 70 million people dead (of their own), thousands of years of history in rubbles, and a country solely made of immigrants to become by far the biggest cultural, political and military power, in the world and possibly in history.

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